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*New date for first life on Earth
New evidence shows life began on Earth at least 3.77 billion years ago – that’s some 300 million years earlier than previously thought -- and at a time when Mars was also a warm wet world. Scientists discovered the tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria on the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay..
*Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart
Astronomers have discovered multiple generations of stars in a single star cluster. The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that not all the stars in a single cluster were formed at the same time.
*New joint mission to Venus
Scientists from NASA are meeting with their Russian counterparts to develop plans for a joint mission the Venus. The IKI Venera-D mission -- slated for launch around 2025 on either a Russian Proton or Angara rocket -- will include both an orbiter and a special hardened lander capable of surviving on the planet’s hostile surface for at least a few hours.
*New climate change satellite launched
Arianespace has successfully launched the Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite to monitor the rapidly worsening changes being caused by global warming. The spectacular night launch mission blasted into orbit aboard a Vega rocket from the European Space Agency’s Kourou Space Port in French Guiana.
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